American Heart Association

Her heart touched by social issues, doctor turns ‘probing scientific mind’ to peripheral artery disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Aruna Pradhan, M.D., grew up in the 1970s in Selma, Alabama, when the small Southern city was tending to wounds from its years of racial unrest.

She was bothered by things she saw and even experienced as a teenager, but she was not sure just what […]

How the Great Recession impacted the health of black teens

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the Great Recession left the U.S. economy in turmoil, the financial crisis also delivered a blow to the health of African-American teens, a new study finds.

The risk of metabolic syndrome, a common cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, was found to be […]

Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation.

Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to take […]

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

Video featuring Shanti Das to be shown at film festival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A video featuring former music industry executive Shanti Das will be shown at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival on Wednesday. The festival highlights notable feature, documentary and short films produced by and starring African-Americans worldwide.

Take Me Home is a series of 12-minute mini-documentaries featuring influencers […]

First heart attacks more deadly for black patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Blacks are twice as likely as whites to die from their first heart event, a new study shows. Preventing a first heart attack may therefore be more crucial for blacks, researchers said.

“Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms that […]

Professor encourages diversity in medicine

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As he recruited minority science students at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Joey V. Barnett, Ph.D., was inspired by a mentor who chaired the school’s Department of Pharmacology.

Lee Limbird always said science was so much fun it had to be shared — and she thought […]

Healthier lifestyles = lower blood pressure risks for African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Small health improvements were associated with lower risk of developing high blood pressure for African-Americans, according to new research released Monday.

African-Americans who had at least two modifiable healthy behaviors at the beginning of the study, compared to those with one or none, saw their high blood […]

Study author: Conventional CPR education efforts should intensify for children

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Education efforts to teach bystander CPR should intensify in minority communities, according to the lead author of a recent study that showed Hispanic and African-American children were less likely to get CPR with breaths, which had improved survival compared to compression-only CPR or […]

Many Americans afraid to perform CPR

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Only half of Americans can be counted on to perform CPR in an emergency, a new survey finds.

Even more – 61 percent – worry they could unintentionally injure the victim. It’s a concern highest among minorities: 70 percent of African-Americans, 67 percent of […]